Calgary’s first captain, George Constantine was elected on August 25, 1885 back in the earliest days of the bucket brigade when the title of the principal officer was Captain, not Chief. Captain George Lewis Constantine was originally a blacksmith and professional fairer hailing from the Maritimes. He stepped down as Captain of the Fire Department after just one week on September 1, 1885 in disgust over the lack of adequate equipment and support. He headed out to Innisfail where he developed gangrene after breaking his leg. He refused the amputation of his foot, a decision that would eventually cost him his life.